Haridwar railway station is easily accessible by road and is a popular landmark in the city.
The unique itinerary for this trip allows you to spend more time in the ethereal Valley of Flowers - a world heritage site, than during the usual treks. Participants trek through the valley, up to beautiful vantage points and higher reaches, and on to Badrinath Temple and Hemkund Sahib.
This is a moderately challenging trek and can even be attempted by fit first-time travellers with a little effort.
The Valley of Flowers is a world heritage site and is part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere. It covers 87 sq kms and rises to an elevation of 3250 metres. This national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) plays host to many endemic varieties of alpine flowers and plants, as well as many rare & endangered animals like the Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more.
Peak blooming season is from mid July to mid August. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here, including Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages.
Take a dip in the freezing Hemkund Sahib lake if you dare | Visit the famed Badrinath Temple and take a dip in the hot sulphur springs | Camp in a charming lodge in a stunning location in Auli
Participants depart from Haridwar railway station at 7 a.m. to Auli. This is a long, interesting drive of 8-9 hours. Most of the journey takes you along the Ganga & Alaknanda rivers. En route you will pass the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag & Rudra Prayag. Stay overnight at a beautiful lodge in an apple orchard in Auli.
Himalayan Eco Lodge
Himalayan Eco Lodge, Valley of Flowers is located in a beautiful spot in Ghangria before one enters the crowded part of this busy centre.
Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.
Haridwar Railway Station
If you cancel 45 days before departure: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
If you cancel 30-45 days before departure: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
If you cancel 15-30 days before departure: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
If you cancel 15 days or less before departure: No refund
The operator has a set of guidelines that all participants must adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and prioritise travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.